File this one as part of the patriarchal logic that treats a woman’s body as male property to be modified according to cultural norms, such as being cut through female genital mutilation, or, in this case, fattened:
And, as always, there is a torture dimension to it:
This is done to girls as young as 5 or 6 years old since child marriage is also the norm in these rural areas, unsurprisingly.
And in the process of blaming Westernization for the progress achieved before the military coup, this political scientist lets the cat out of the bag:
Because isn’t this what this is all about: what men, "we", want "them" to look and feel like?